Also referred to as tendinitis, tendonitis refers to the irritation or inflammation of a tendon. Tendons are e thick cords that connect bones to muscles in the body.
Causes of Tendonitis
Tendonitis mostly results from repetitive minor impact on an area or sudden injury. Some of the activities known to cause tendonitis include raking, gardening, cleaning house, carpentry, throwing and pitching, skiing, golfing, playing tennis, painting, scrubbing, and shoveling among others. The wrong posture at home or work, or poor stretching before workouts or sports can increase the risk of developing tendonitis. The following are some of the other risk factors:
- Poorly placed or abnormal joint or bone: Length differences in your legs or conditions such as arthritis in a joint can lead to soft tissue structure stress.
- Stress resulting from conditions such as gout, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, medicine reactions or thyroid disorders can increase the risk of tendonitis development.
- Overusing the tendons or doing too much within a short period can cause tendonitis. This explains why tendonitis is common in people who only exercise vigorously on weekends only.
- Tendonitis can also be caused by an infection especially one from a dog or cat bite to the hand or finger.
Who Is at Risk
Anyone can get tendonitis, but it mostly affects adults over 40 years old. This is because tendons get less elastic, can stand less stress, and can tear easily.
Which Part Are Affected
Tendonitis can appear in any part of the body that has tendons connecting muscles to the bone. The most commonly affected parts are the elbow, base of the thumb, shoulder, Achilles tendon, knee, and hip.
Symptoms of Tendonitis
The most common symptom is pain. There is usually pain in the affected area and it might be sudden, build up and be severe especially if there are calcium deposits in the area. Frozen shoulder is another common symptom where there is a loss of motion and pain.
It is possible to avoid tendonitis when handling different activities. It is a good idea to start any activity slow then build up as you go. This will give your body and tendons enough time to adjust. Limit the force and repetitive movements. If you experience pain, stop the activity and try something else. In the case where the pain recurs, the activity should be stopped for the day.
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